Iva – The true story of Tokyo Rose by Mike Weedall (Book Review #755)


Iva is a historical novel written about Iva Toguri at a time where World War II was in action. It is 1941, and Iva really wishes to pursue medicine. For this, she has to go to Japan and see her sick aunt, and as the war begins while she is there, she is trapped and refused to give up her American citizenship. As life in Japan increasingly becomes unbearable for her, Iva is evicted by her family and forced to work at Radio Tokyo in an environment filled with propaganda and politics.

Racism, injustice, and discrimination dominate against Japanese-Americans, and Iva is mistakenly charged with treason and identified as Tokyo Rose at the end of the war, causing her to go on trial and fight for her life.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The author thoroughly writes an unbiased notion of a story where your heart wanders deep into the discovery of such a world as injustice, extreme politics and war can literally demolish life and destroy the potential for anyone, especially for Iva.

The reader cannot simply look away and ignore the reality behind the story written. The literature and the skilful writing described the emotions of Iva very well. However, it did not stop there. It made you think further and compare life with what is now and how the world has or has not changed in 2020.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read World War II stories and enjoy Asian American history. 

Written by Jeyran Main

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